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Head of Machine Assembly (all genders)

Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Closing date
24 Aug 2024

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Full time

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The international accelerator center FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research), one of the largest research projects worldwide, is currently being built in Darmstadt. FAIR is under construction at the existing research center GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung. At FAIR, matter that usually only exists in the depth of space will be produced and studied in the laboratory, in order to gain new insights into the evolution of the universe and the structure of matter. FAIR offers the opportunity to work in this international environment with a team that is dedicated to doing world-class science every day.


The FAIR "Site Management" (SMG) department is looking for an experienced


Head of Machine Assembly (all genders)

Posting ID: 24.83-773200



The challenging and responsible task includes the coordination of the installation of the FAIR accelerator on the construction site and contribution to the implementation of the agreed installation strategy. 


Your tasks: 
  • Coordination of the preliminary planning work between the machine installation sub-projects, including the creation of assembly and testing strategies and the associated work and testing instructions
  • Harmonization and structuring of work processes and instructions
  • Coordination of document creation and filing in coordination with the sub-projects
  • Supporting the site manager, particularly in coordinating and monitoring all logistical processes relating to machine assembly
  • Management of the scheduling, cost, risk and quality management process
  • Internal and external communication with suppliers and assembly contractors
  • Proactive monitoring of progress, control of critical issues and reporting to the sub-project manager
  • Support in the resource management process and escalation of open issues (e.g. personnel availability) to the sub-project manager



Your profile: 
  • Degree in physics or mechanical engineering
  • Proven technical competence in industrial plant engineering
  • Of advantage: Expertise in acceleration technology, in particular ultra-high vacuum, radiation protection, cryogenics, power supply and power supply units as well as control systems
  • Relevant professional experience in the assembly of complex industrial systems
  • Of advantage: Professional experience in the assembly of complex accelerator systems
  • Relevant experience in planning and controlling complex project processes
  • Experience in planning and managing interdisciplinary and international projects
  • High level of team spirit and willingness to lead project teams
  • Analytical approach, decisiveness and project-oriented decision-making
  • Very good knowledge of German and English
  • High level of commitment, ability to work under pressure, transparent communication and a proactive and confident manner


A strong interest in actively participating in the assembly of the FAIR accelerator system on the construction site rounds off the profile. The position is permanent. The salary is based on the public service collective agreement (Federal Government) “TVöD” applicable at FAIR.


We offer an interesting and varied position in an internationally renowned research institute. The position is limited to two years. The salary is based on the German civil service employees (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst - TVöD (Bund))


For further information, please contact Mr Reich (h.reich(at)


For more information about FAIR and GSI, please visit www.gsi.deand


FAIR promotes the professional development of women and welcomes women who feel particularly addressed by this advertisement.


Qualified applicants with a disability will be given preference.


Please send your complete application documents, including your salary expectations, with details of your earliest possible starting date, by quoting the Posting-ID 24.83-773200, until 26.07.2024:


    via the online portal on our job site:







c/o GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH




This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation.


The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving major challenges to assure the future of our society. With more than 39,000 people on staff in 18 national research centres, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organization. The name Helmholtz stands for concerted research in which networks form the key principle behind inquiring thought and action. Concerted research is efficient and flexible.

The profile of the Helmholtz Association

The Helmholtz Association performs cutting-edge research which contributes substantially to solving the grand challenges of science, society and industry. To succeed in meeting these responsibilities, Helmholtz concentrates its work in six research fields: Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Matter, as well as Aeronautics, Space and Transport. Within each of these fields, research programs are developed by our scientists and regularly evaluated by renowned international experts. Their evaluation forms the basis for the programme-oriented funding that is allocated to Helmholtz research. Within the six research fields, Helmholtz scientists cooperate with each other and with external partners – working across disciplinary, organizational and national borders.

Promoting young academics

Helmholtz scientists, a high-performance infrastructure and modern and efficient research management are the ingredients to the Helmholtz Association‘s success and global impact.
Promoting young researchers is a major priority for the Helmholtz Association. Its qualification schemes for young researchers are geared mainly towards PhD students, postdocs and young managers. The Helmholtz Association has set high standards for its talent management. Its strategy begins with targeted recruitment of highly qualified staff at all levels, followed by comprehensive support aimed at further developing their potential. Ensuring equal opportunities is an essential element in all talent management activities undertaken by the Helmholtz Association.

The Helmholtz Graduate Schools and Research Schools at almost all Helmholtz Centres provide doctoral students with the general and specific skills and training they need, as well as ample opportunity to network with other working groups. The period following a doctorate is decisive in determining the direction and success of a scientific career. For this reason, we are about to establish Career Centers for postdoctoral researchers in the Helmholtz centres and a mentoring programme for especially gifted PostDocs in order to foster career orientation. This equips young researchers with the skills they need to go on to head a Helmholtz Young Investigators Group, for example. As a Young Investigator Group leader, junior scientists can independently set up their own group to conduct research in their specialist field.

Within its talent management strategy, the Helmholtz Association pays special attention to the increased recruitment of talented female scientists both from Germany and abroad. To this end, there are currently two funding programs supporting this policy Funding of first-time appointments of excellent women scientists (W2/W3)’ and ‘Funding to recruit top-level international women scientists (W3)’.

The increasing complexity of the content, structures and framework conditions of scientific work today requires researchers to organise their projects, their employees and, of course, themselves in a highly professional and effective way. In response to these demands, we have set up the Helmholtz Management Academy to provide junior leaders in science with professional management training. Furthermore, the Helmholtz network provides a platform for the alumni of the Helmholtz Management Academy and Mentoring programme to come together and share their experiences of leadership, career development and lifelong learning.

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